The Mushroom Cow City

Cow
What does the word "Moscow" mean? The standard explanation is swampy or wet land. However, another interpretation is "mushroom cow", which could be related to the use of psychoactive mushrooms by indigenous northern european tribes. Here's how. Read More...

The Urim and Thummim

Urim
In writing my new novel The Vajra Sequence, I have encountered many different facts that correlate in ironic or humorous ways. This is one.
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Kodi Kambam, Yupa Pole & Vajapeya Rite

Kodi
This is a Kodi Kambam, the phallic fertility center of a Vedic temple complex. Scholars believe this is where national flags and flagpoles originated - symbolizing a sacred space and fertile land. Read More...

The Mushroom Tree of Knowledge

MushroomTree
A mural of Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge from the 12th century Plaincouralt Chapel of the Knights Hospitaller in Mérigny, Indre, France. Read More...

The Grateful Dead

Grateful
"Christianity had its origins as an attempt to restore the rites of the ancient Hebrew cult of the dead. During the early years of the Christian movement, they established the Agape feast which took the place of the ancient Hebrew Marzeah [feast for the dead]. This feast included the use of foods laced with psychoactive plants, and magical necromantic rituals aimed toward contacting the 'Blessed Dead' or 'Grateful Dead.'"
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Possible Origin of Kykeon

Kykeon
The Hebrew word "kikayon" and the Greek word "kykeon" are one and the same. They likely refer to an entheogenic communion drink made from psychoactive mushrooms (Soma) and/or grain parasitized by ergot, the fungus used to make LSD. Read More...

Sacred Mushrooms in Christian Art

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Folkoric Elves and Mushrooms

Elves
The Brothers Grimm, the famous scholars who collected and published old fairy tales, believed the three types of elves in Germanic folklore were symbolic of three types of mushrooms colored red, yellow (tan), and blue. Read More...

The Jebus cult in Jerusalem

Jebus
The name of Jerusalem, composed of the words Jeru and Salem, hold some interesting clues related to the Foundation Stone (shown in photo) and the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus. Read More...

Angel Moroni as Entheogenic Symbol

Moroni
Angel's Trumpets, otherwise known as Datura or jimson weed, is a psychoactive plant typically made into an anointing oil and applied to the skin to invoke visions of angels and the sensation of flying. Read More...

The Vajapeya Ascension Rite

Vajapeya
The kila stake and yupa pole represent a bridge between heaven and earth where the lightning has struck and delivered the divine food called soma. The Sacrificer of vejapeya must earn his soma. Read More...

Halo Symbolism

Halo
The halo, also known as a numbus, aureole, glory, or gloriole, is a ring of light that surrounds a holy person in art. I would propose that the halo originated in the wheaten wheel or "Sun door" mounted on top of the yupa pole used in the Vedic Soma-yajna ceremony. Read More...

Mushroom Religious Architecture

Basil
St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow is designed after a stylized Vedic temple, not unlike the Taj Mahal. Its central building mimics the multi-tiered base and Cosmic Tree spire found in many Meru temples. Read More...

Entheogenic Symbolism of Al Buraq

Buraq
Al-Buraq is the mythical steed of the prophets, said in the Quran to have carried Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem on the fabled "Night Journey." Cognate with the Greek winged horse Pegasus, Buraq is equated with lightning and thus the Vedic vajra. Read More...

Communication with the Gods

TelephonePole
It has occurred to me from time to time that the choice of using a wooden cross to run millions of miles of telegraph, telephone and electrical wire across the countryside must have been intended as a Christian symbolism. After all, the wires could have been strung vertically, as they sometimes are, or buried in pipes. But instead we now have millions of old wooden crosses peppering the landscape to remind us that we are a Christian country. The irony of a divine communion messenger being replaced by a manmade energy and communication delivery network does not escape me. Read More...

Hay and the Goddess Haya

Haya
While traveling across Kansas this week, I saw fields full of hay. And, as boredom set in during the long drive, I began to wonder what the connection might be between the English word "hay" and the ancient name "Hayastan" for present day Armenia. The connection I arrived at might surprise you. Read More...

Symbols of Wonderland

Wonderland
Could there have been any more Amanita muscaria mushrooms in this promo shot? Read More...

Medieval Symbols for Entheogens

MedievalSymbols
This medieval engraving shows (from left to right) a monopod or sciapod, a female cyclops, conjoined twins, a blemmye, and a cynocephaly. Enthnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson has proposed that three of these mythical creatures were symbols for psychoactive plants and fungi. But I tend to think they were all secret entheogenic symbols. Read More...

Cross as Bullseye on Communion Amphora

Bullseye
Another page from the 13th century Paris Eadwine Psalter showing Christ on a mount covered with mushrooms. His cross identifies the holy communion vessel. Read More...

Flying Symbolism and Entheogens

Flying
Today's ignorance to the meaning of ancient symbols and religious tradition is perhaps no better illustrated than by this cel from Disney's animated Aladdin movie. Read More...

Zoroastrian Symbolism

Zoro
This is a coin minted during the 3rd-century BC that depicts the Zoroastrian yasna fire altar and ceremony. This is a variation of the Vedic kunda yajna fire and ascension ceremony where Soma (Persian hoama) is burned to deliver it to the gods. In this way, Zoroastrianism is a branch of Vedic religious practices with the supreme god Ahura Mazda taking the place of the sky god Indra who is closely associated with Soma.* Read More...

The Holy Font

Font
This mosaic comes from Baptistery St. Giovanni, Laterano Rome, and is dedicated most appropriately to St. John the Baptist and his shadow, St. John the Evangelist. First mentioned in 313 CE, it was the residence of popes and bishops until the papal seat was moved to Avignon by Pope Clement V (1305-1314 CE). Read More...

The Vedic Yajna Fire Ceremony

Fire
The Sanskrit word "kunda" refers to a round (or rectangular) hole or pit in the ground for storing fire during a Vedic yajna ceremony.* It is used as part of the Vedi (altar) in Vedic religion. The word "kundala" means coiled, so the word "kundalini" refers to a "coiled fire pit" at the base of the spine. Read More...

Hebrew-Mormon Seer Stones

Seer
"...the Urim and Thummim...shall be upon Aaron's heart when he goeth before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually." - Exodus 28:30. Read More...

History of Ergotism

Ergotism
In July 1518, Frau Troffea went into the streets of Strasbourg, France, and started dancing and refused to stop for days on end. Within a week some 34 people had joined her and within a month, the streets filled with 400 frantic dancers who claimed they could not stop moving. Some danced until they fell dead of heart attack, stroke or exhaustion. Read More...

The Stoned Ape Theory

StonedApe
In his book "Food of the Gods," Terrance McKenna proposed that the transformation from humans' early ancestors Homo erectus to the species Homo sapiens was largely induced by the consumption of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms in its diet - an event which according to his theory took place in about 100,000 BC when the species diverged from the Homo genus. Read More...

Anahita Goddess Origin & Associations

Anahita
Khor Virap (Armenian for deep pit or "deep well") is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain of Armenia, facing Mount Ararat near the border with Turkey. As the site of an underground prison for Saint Gregory the Illuminator, it was originally a sacred site for Astvatsatsin, meaning the Holy Mother of God known in ancient times as Anahita. Read More...

Zuchetto Symbolism

Zuchetto
In Roman Catholic liturgy, the funghellino (Italian for "small mushroom") is a short mushroom-shaped stand placed on the altar at a Pontifical Mass to hold the bishop's and higher prelates' skullcap (called a "zuchetto") during the Eucharistic prayer. This may well be a veiled symbol for the various entheogenic mushrooms once used in the Eucharist communion. Read More...

The Vajra and Fleur-de-lis

Fleur
The Merovingian fleur-de-lis is actually a stylized version of the ancient Vajra symbol. Read More...

IHS and the Mushroom Symbol

IHS
This is a Catholic altar-cloth and it has a mushroom on it. Read More...

Psychedelic Yucatan Mask

Mask
This is a beaded peyote mask I bought during a trip to the Yucatan peninsula. Read More...

The Mushroom Grail

Grail
The Holy Blood, Holy Grail theory that Mary Magdalene was the real Holy Chalice, carrying Jesus' DNA in her womb and giving birth to a royal bloodline, seems rather unlikely to me. Not because this wouldn't make perfect sense within the Biblical story of Jesus, but because some or all of this is more likely a astrotheological and entheological myth passed down and modified over thousands of years. Read More...

A DMT Story

DMT
The concept of evil spirits is very old and found in every religion. Vedic literature is filled with asura demons and destroyers who fight the good devas. So, one wonders where such ideas came from and if there is anything to it. Read More...

Saraswati: Guardian Who Fights Drug

Saraswati
This is a statue of Saraswati, the Vedic goddess of wisdom and enlightenment. She holds two mushrooms. Read More...

Adam & Eve in the Paris Eadwine Psalter

Eadwine
Here's another one from the Paris Eadwine Psalter. This illustration of Adam and Eve eating from the mushroom Tree of Knowledge is one of twelve sections from a full-page panel in the Eadwine Psalter, dating from the 12th century. Read More...

Newgrange Incubation

Newgrange
The chamber inside the 5,500 year-old temple at Newgrange in Ireland is tuned to 110Hz - the same resonant frequency found in the Hypogeum in Malta. In an earlier post, I discussed a UCLA study proving this frequency actually disables the left-brain language center and activates right-brain emotions (see link in comments). Read More...

Buddha and the Mushroom Moon

Buddha
For Buddhists, there is a special religious significance on full moon days. This is because certain important and outstanding events connected with the life of Lord Buddha took place on full moon days. The Buddha was born on a full moon day. His renunciation took place on a full moon day. His Enlightenment, the delivery of His first sermon, His passing away into Nibbāna (from poisonous mushrooms) and many other important events associated with His life-span of eighty years, occurred on full moon days. Read More...

The Buddha and Soma Mushroom

Soma
Is it Buddha under the Bodhi Tree or is it a mushroom? Read More...

Hymn to Vayu - An Entheogenic Prayer

Vayu
In the following hymn from the Rig-Veda, the Vedic god of the wind Vayu is invited, along with the sky-sun god Indra, to drink Soma juice, a vision-inducing communion. Read More...

Entheogenic Plants and Their Gods

Wreath
In Old Europe, Christmas wreaths have a symbolic connection to certain plants and gods. Read More...

Al-Uzza Associations

Al-Uzza
Al-Uzza was one of three Arabian goddesses who were daughters of Allah. In particular, she was a moon goddess equivalent to Lilith and cognate with the Sumerian/Akkadian goddess Inanna / Ishtar. Read More...

Fertility Symbolisms of the Golden Egg

GoldenEgg
To celebrate the end of the Fifth Sun and birth of the Sixth, here are some well known fertility symbols that were probably conceived by studying the architecture of a golden egg. Read More...

Soma, the Messianic Son

Messianic
Soma was a plant/fungus and psychoactive communion drink praised in the Rig-Veda. It is identified as a holy sacrifice, a protector, a deliverer from sin, bestower of immortality and invincibility in battle. In short, Soma was the original messiah figure. Read More...

A Near Death Experience

NDE
Recently I was contacted by someone who had had a near-death encounter with egg-shaped beings. The description of astral bodies as luminous eggs is very common, both during NDE and entheogenic visions. Here is the description of the experience. Read More...

The Incan Nagual "Runauturuncu"

Incan
On a trip to Peru, I purchased this flying jaguar sculpture from a local Incan boy at the Sacsayhuaman ruins outside of Cusco. I later learned that jaguars like this are an integral part of Incan mythology and are considered a powerful spirit companion for shamans, who often consider the jaguar to be a nagual or body double used during astral travel. They believe its power protects them from evil spirits as they move between the earth and spirit realms. Read More...

Mushroom Cult and the Holy Grail

Cult
According to researcher James Dale, the ancient rite of baptism refers to a "thoroughly changed condition resultant from the controlling influence of wine or rather an opiatic drug swallowed by being mingled in a cup of wine." Read More...

Hindu Psychonautic Technology

Hindu
Several people have asked me to share some personal conclusions from my research. In particular, they are curious to know if it has made me religious or an atheist. Read More...

Yom Kippur and High Priest Rite

Yom
The Hebrew "ephod" or apron was worn by the High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. Hidden in its "hoshen" or breastplate were two specific objects of divination known as the Urim and Thummim. Read More...

Phrygian Attis in American Symbolism

Attis
The red "Liberty Cap" found in various U.S. seals and coins originated in ancient Phrygia (in Anatolia) with the worship of Attis, the consort of Cybele. Symbolic of personal liberty and enlightenment, Attis wore the red cap of the entheogenic Amanita Muscaria mushroom. Read More...

Daughters of Allah in the Kaaba

Kaaba
In Mecca there is a cuboid shrine known as the Kaaba. Muslims around the world make pilgrimages and pray to this sacred spot. But while the Kaaba is today considered the house of Allah, there are three pillars inside it that historically represent the Arabian goddess of Venus named Al-Lat. Read More...

Masonry and Psychedelic Symbolism

Kronos
One of the main symbols of Freemasonry is the Acacia branch, as acknowledged in 'Morals and Dogma' by Albert Pike. As the sacred wood used in the building of Solomon's temple - the model for all Masonic lodges - Acacia is greatly revered in Masonic rites.
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Was Hebrew Shewbread Psychedelic?

Shew
Shewbread, meaning “bread of the face” or “presence bread,” was the name given to 12 unleavened cakes placed in two piles on the Table of Shewbread in the Hebrew temple. This table was made of sacred acacia wood and stood on the north side of the altar of incense in the holy place (Ex. 25:23–30). Read More...

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni

Hal
The 6,000-year-old Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in southern Malta is a 500-square-meter, three-level underground temple complex carved out of solid limestone. It exhibits a special psychoacoustical effect capable of altering consciousness. Read More...

Early Mormon Temple Rites & Entheogens

Underwear
A central feature of Mormonism is the temple garments worn by its adherents. These are received after having an "endowment" or gift of "power from on high" bestowed during a temple ceremony. Read More...

Siberian Shamans & the Amanita Mushroom

Shaman
The Santa Claus story had its origin in Siberian shamanic practices. To this day Siberian shamans dress in ceremonial red and white fur-trimmed jackets to gather red and white-dotted Amanita Muscaria mushrooms.
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Cathars and the Consolamentum

Cathars
Catharism was a name given to a gnostic/dualistic Christian religious movement in the Languedoc region of France and other parts of Europe in the 11-13th centuries. Representing as much as 80% of the population of southern Europe at the time, Cathars meditated and worshipped in underground caves where "Perfecti" initiates and the dying took a Holy Communion known as the Consolamentum. Read More...

Psychedelic Mushrooms and Religion

Sahara
The oldest representations of psychoactive mushrooms in the world are found in The Sahara Desert, produced some 7000-9000 years ago. In these and other ancient mushroom art we repeatedly find an association with religious deities. It suggests that mind altering plants were central to the early development of religious ideas and ritual. Read More...

The Hebrew Holy Ghost & Cannabis

Ghost
In ancient Hebrew temples, the venusian goddess Asherah was once represented by a wooden idol, pole or pillar of smoke known as the "Shekinah." As a smoke goddess, she became what Christians today call the Holy Spirit. Read More...

Fairy Folklore & Mushroom Circles

Fairy
Fairy, pixie or elf rings are a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. In European folklore they are the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. Read More...

Entheogenic Roman Gods

Roman
Rome has a long history of entheogenic religious cults that lasted until 389-391 AD when the use of entheogenic communion was decreed "religio illicita" by Theodosius. Read More...

An Inconvenient Halloween Story

Halloween
The broom used in Wiccan ceremonies is call a "besom." This is made from a bundle of twigs tied to a "stouter pole." Its use in Wiccan ceremonies is not unlike the yupa pole used in Vedic ascension ceremonies. Read More...

Sekhmet, Guardian of the Underworld

Sekhmet
The lion-headed Egyptian goddess Sekhmet is cognate with the Vedic Tara (or Kali) and so symbolic of the dark warrior aspects associated with the planet Venus. Read More...

The "Last Supper" of Roman Mithras

Supper
Just as Christians line up in Church to receive the body and blood of Christ, so did initiates in the Mithraeum line up to receive the body and blood of Mithras. Indeed, Mithras was believed to exist inside the entheogenic plant used in communion. He would be sacrificed and eaten to save the congregation. This was his "last supper." Read More...

Aztec Entheogens

Aztec
The ancient Aztecs employed a variety of entheogenic plants and animals within their society. The various species have been identified through their depiction on murals, vases, and other objects. Read More...

Marduk, Martu, Meru

Marduk
The Sumerian/Babylonian sun god Marduk was probably descended from sky/sun god Indra of the Rig-Veda. There are several reasons to believe this. Read More...

Vajra and Harmonic Patterning

Patterning
A "vajra" is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. The ritual object of two vajras (left figure) found in India is called a double vajra or "Visvavajra." To Hindus, it symbolizes a diamond (that can cut anything but cannot be cut itself) and a thunderbolt (an irresistible force).
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LSD, Ergotism and Witchcraft

LSD
St. Anthony's Fire (also "holy fire") is an old name for "ergotism," which is the accidental ingestion of bread or beer infected with the ergot fungus. Yet, ergot has long been used purposely to induce religious visions and is often found connected with the rise of various religious cults, including certain Jewish and Christian sects. Read More...

Envisioning the Goddess

Goddess
In the latest Newsweek magazine, a doctor describes his near death experience where he was accompanied by a woman. Such visions of beautiful goddesses are not uncommon in entheogenic experiences and may be the inspiration behind the many myths of the Venusian goddess. Read More...

Psychoacoustics of the Sistine Chapel

Sistine
Like many other sacred spaces, the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican was designed to resonate the brain and induce altered states during chant. This psychoacoustical space even has the power to supercharge entheogenic communion. Read More...

The Psychedelic Acacia Tree of Life

Acacia
This is the Acacia tortilis tree, also known as the Umbrella Thorn and Israeli Babool. Timber from this tree is used for furniture, wagon wheels, fence posts, cages, and pens. Acacia wood was also used exclusively by the Israelites in the Old Testament in the building of the tabernacle and the tabernacle furniture, including the Ark of the Covenant. Read More...

Pegasus and Peganum Harmala

Harmala
The mythical horse Pegasus, known as the steed of Muhammad, is a well-known landmark of the Dallas skyline.* Recent research suggests there is a good possibility that Pegasus is actually a coded reference to a hoama/soma mixture of Peganum harmala (the seed used to dye 'magic carpets') and Amanita muscaria as the etymology of Peganum has been linked with the flying horse Pegasus. Read More...

Elves and Mushrooms

Gnomes
The Norse mythology surrounding elves is directly related to psychedelic mushrooms. Indeed, Grimm's three classifications of light, dark and black elves (or dwarves) are probably a personification of the Amanita Muscaria (white/red), Psilocybe cyanescens (tan/white) and Psilocybe semilanceata (dark brown/purple) mushrooms. Read More...

The Drunken Hercules

Hercules
The Greek Herakles (Roman Hercules) was originally an entheogenic plant deity like Dionysus. Based on the older Phoenician god Melqart, Hercules' strength was the strength obtained by consuming the divine plant. Read More...

Religious Visions and Psychoactive Plants

Plants
Evidence is beginning to accumulate that entheogenic plants were available to ancient Biblical prophets.
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The Buddhabrot Fractal

Buddhabrot
Some suggest Buddha is really the Mandelbrot archetype visualized during deep meditation. Read More...

Hexagon-Pentagon Geometry in Tryptophan

Tryptophan
Resonant patterning is a unifying principle behind the use of both acoustics and entheogens in ancient temples. Read More...

St Anthony's Fire and the Sun Door

Anthony
A "wheaten wheel" or wreath of wheat was placed at the top of a yupa pole (cross) by the ancient Vedics to represent the Sun Door. Read More...

Ghandarvas as Machine Elves

Ghandarvas
Gandharvas are the psychedelic musician spirits of Indian mythology who fly as messengers between the divine and human worlds. Read More...

The Machine Elves

Machine
Visions of the Machine Elves are fairly common under the influence of DMT. Are these experiences of some shared archetype built into the human neural cortex or perception of a real non-physical realm? Read More...

Jacobs Ladder & Vedic Ascension

Jacobs
The story of Jacob's Ladder can be interpreted as a retelling of the ancient Vedic ascension ceremony, including the ritual of entheogenic communion. Read More...

Jesus and Mushrooms

Vegi
There is a much deeper discussion to be had than whether Jesus had a wife or not.



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Osiris: An Early Green Man

Green
Egyptian Osiris - the first in a long line of "green men" or entheogenic plant gods. Consuming the plant in communion allowed the god to enter the body and liberate the uraeus "king" consciousness. Read More...

Vedic Stupa Symbolism

VedicStupa

At the top of a Vedic stupa is a cone representing the Cosmic Tree. At the top of this tree is a "parasol." Above that is then placed the Vedic trinity representing the Moon, Sun and Venus, in that order. Read More...

Odin: A Cyclops Symbol of Enlightenment

Odin
For this Wednesday, or Wodin's Day, here is Norse god Odin riding his 8-legged horse Sleipnir into the ninth world known as Hel. Read More...

Zeus' Lightning and Entheogenics

Zeus
Amurru was the Sumerian/Akkadian god who was the son of the sky-god Anu. There is evidence Amurru was also the real god of Abraham, perhaps replaced along the way by the rival Jewish god YHWH (Bel-Yah or Ba'al, the later Babylonian rain God), who descended into Christianity and Islam. He was associated with lightning and is considered the source for the legendary thunderbolts of Zeus. Read More...

Entheogenic Effect on Consciousness

Conscious
Here is a paper discussing MRI evidence that psychedelic mushrooms, like those used in many ancient entheogenic communion rituals, actually REDUCE measurable neural activity in the brain rather than increase it. Read More...

Evening Star Resurrection Symbolism

Resurrection
The fairy tale of Snow White is actually a retelling of the story of Greek goddess Persephone's celestial rebirth after eating symbolically psychoactive seeds. Read More...

Vadhathika Cave Acoustics

Cave
The 2000 year-old Vadhathika cave of the Barabar Hills, Bharat(India) is an excellent example of a chamber tuned to have a psychoacoustical effect. Read More...

Evidence of Fertility Gods at Rochester Cathedral, Kent

Fertility
There is an interesting story behind the Green Man and so-called "Sheila-na-gig" sculptures found in the cathedral at Rochester, Kent. Read More...

The Roman Green Man

GreenMan
In the book, I discuss the relationship between Venus and various plant gods known as "Green Men." The Roman Green Man was Bacchus, god of the garden and intoxication. Read More...

Psychoactive Geometry

Bosnia
The main psychoactive geometry within the Venus Blueprint design appears to be the Meru pyramid (based on the Egyptian triangle). This particular shape has been experimentally proven to interact with the electromagnetic current in the atmosphere and act as a capacitor or battery to collect and store electrostatic energy. Read More...

Religious Visions

ReligiousVisions
Religious visions were once the primary goal of religion. Read More...

Vedic Ascension Symbolism

Ascension
The Symbolism of Ascension
(Origin of the Cross, the Christmas Tree and Maypole)
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First Esoteric Order

Esoteric
This is an interesting astrological wheel from the First Esoteric Order of Brazil. It features Isis (Venus) as the Morning Star holding the torch of enlightenment in one hand and the Kundalini serpent of enlightenment in the other. Read More...

The Green Man

GreenManCarving
In researching the origin of the Green Man legend in Rosslyn chapel, I discovered this archetype stretches back thousands of years to the Egyptian god Osiris. Read More...

Vedic Cosmology

RosslynCosmology
Much of what Rosslyn chapel's designers William St. Clair and Sir Gilbert Hay knew about temple building they learned from the medieval Qabala. Read More...